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Rookie Guide to Pole Position at the Race for Performance

Track: Site Building | Skill level: Beginner

Everybody likes speed. We've all heard about studies showing website visitors moving on if a page take over 1 second to load. We've heard about Google sending your site to the next results page if your competitors load faster. We've all been irritated when having to wait on any random computational process taking longer than we would like. Still... I witnessed many times how site performance is an afterthought. Too often slow page load times is something the end client complains about days or even hours before launch. Or worse: the first visitors mock the sites slowness on social media right after it's launched.

In this session I will go over some of the strategies to prevent all this pain. The main recommendation is obvious: start caring about performance earlier in your build process. I'll go over some of the tools you can use for continuous monitoring of page load times from the start of your project. Some of the configuration tuning you can do to make any Drupal site perform better. Some of the additional techniques you can add to take it to the next level. And some to keep things running smooth after launch and through you next releases.

This is a session for Site Builders at a Beginner level but even more advanced Drupalists may learn a thing or two. Don't expect me to show you how interact with Drupal 8s advanced caching API, share the ultimate Varnish 5.1 VCL for Drupal 8.4 or disclose that an .htaccess oneliner that discovers your clients perception a cache header. These are topics for a Coding and Development track, both things I hardly ever do. 

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Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves



CxO Day

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